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Halloween is this week. Not a holiday I enjoy.

As much as folks look forward to this celebration, I become such a Debbie Downer when it comes to Halloween.

For a few reasons.

  1. It’s gone from being playful and kid-oriented to being more adult attractive and frightening. I remember when I’d dress the kids as storybook characters like Pippi Longstockings, complete with orange pigtails that stuck out. Or in the rushed years, making them little pirates with whatever was on hand. Now costumes can cost a fortune and dressing your child in a brown trash bag with a big M on it to go as a chocolate M&M isn’t cool.
  2. I’ve a tender conscience. I’ve got too wild an imagination not to have nightmares littered with the horror of what I’ve seen.Talking to seven-year-old Isley, of the amazingly creative mind, she admitted that seeing these things gives her night terrors as well.

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  3. It’s the second biggest holiday for decorations after Christmas. Not crazy about blow-up ghouls and bones protruding from makeshift graves in yards.
  4. Halloween ushers in the Christmas season. Thanksgiving is dismissed apart from the Pinterest people.
  5. Teeth. I watch my grands inhale sugar-laden treats and realize dentists hit a bonanza treating end-of-the-year cavities.
  6. Not crazy about the really big kids coming around with pillowcases and little to no attempt at costumes. They, too, want their sweets.
  7. History. We lived in an area where there were legitimate witches close by, and we saw things I’d never want any child to see.
  8. Serious FOMO issues. If everyone else in the neighborhood has lights on and is passing out candy, I don’t want to be the bad guy that shuts off my lights and hides in the back room.
  9. Scary people. Those who might take advantage of little kids by giving questionable candy. As a kid we got homemade popcorn balls and taffy apples in our bags. Those now would be the first things pitched when going through the night’s haul.
  10. No viable alternatives so kids whose folks don’t want them to trick-or-treat don’t feel like the zombies their folks won’t let them be.

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Creative costumes that don’t have the capacity to contribute to fearsome things under beds or in closets would be my choice. (I do remember a party where some guy came as the head of John the Baptist on a platter–blood everywhere, dripping down the white sheet that draped from his platter. Inventive.)

The innocence and fun of homemade princesses and hoboes have disappeared.

The norm now is to dress up as demons and witches, and in three-year-old Ryken’s case, possibly a zombie pea-shooter.

I’m not even sure what that is.

October 31 is also Reformation Day–faith founded on grace. Recognition that our hope is in Jesus, not rules. I can celebrate that. Or wait a month and observe Thanksgiving and focus on being grateful for what I have.

Gratitude, turkey and pumpkin pie.

Can’t dress that up with more than thanks.

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12 responses »

  1. LeeAnne Sorgius says:

    I agree with Dayle! Sometimes I feel like I’m the only fun sucker around when it comes to Halloween, but I can do without Halloween because I don’t want anything to do with a holiday that glorifies satan and his gang.

  2. kevinjyoung says:

    I’m with you, Dayle! Though I was one of those teenagers who put his soccer cleats on and made a mad rush to fill my pillow case…:)

  3. I hear ya. My tenderhearted little guy grabbed my hand last night and asked me to stay in his room. he said, “every day it gets closer to Halloween, I get more and more scared.” he picks up on the tone, even though all around him, it’s mostly still pirates and princesses. Of course, this fam likes an excuse to dress up and I *do* have a sweet tooth.

    • daylerogers says:

      Of course that little guy of yours is nervous–his heart is more than tender. And you all dressing up? Big surprise there–you and Den are poster kids for dress-up!

  4. terry morgan says:

    I’m not a fan either, friend! Recently though, I have looked at it as an opportunity to get to know our neighbors – we are in a small, closed community – or we gotten involved at a church alternative. (We are doing that this year – Fall Festival with a supporting church.) A safe “Trunk-r-Treating” can be fun. 🙂

  5. LittleFears says:

    I enjoy a bit of Halloween, but I reckon if I was in America, I would be turned right off by it. It sounds as commercially minded as Christmas has been for years. I don’t understand the dress up either. Adults trick or treating? Eh… In the UK you don’t really get trick or treaters. There’s no neighbourly stigma by ignoring them. It’s all entirely opt-in and there’s a lot less money involved.

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